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Author(s): Cathy Wylie
Publication type: Paper

It is timely to take stock of the wellbeing of educational research in Aotearoa New Zealand. The major Education Work Programme 2021 includes a Research, Evaluation and Development Strategy. Te Ara Paerangi—Future Pathways Green Paper has launched a major review of the design of public funding for research institutions and for research taking place in tertiary and other education institutions. This paper canvasses the recent history and current landscape of educational research funding and support in Aotearoa New Zealand.

30 June 2022
Author(s): Mohamed Alansari, Cathy Wylie, Rose Hipkins, Sinead Overbye, Renee Tuifagalele, Sophie Watson
Publication type: Research report

The long-running National Survey of Schools project is part of the New Zealand Council for Educational Research’s (NZCER’s) Te Pae Tawhiti programme of research, funded through the Ministry of Education.

23 June 2022
Author(s): Sophie Watson
Publication type:

What do we know about student activism in Aotearoa New Zealand? How do schools view and respond to student activism? And, in what ways does the New Zealand Curriculum support student activism? 

10 May 2022
Author(s): Rachel Bolstad, Sinead Overbye
Publication type: Research summary

What is climate justice, and why does it matter? This briefing introduces the concept of climate justice, exploring interconnections with indigenous worldviews, rights-based frameworks, and ecofeminism. We invite educators, learners, and communities to explore these ideas and what they mean for your climate actions.

This briefing is part of a series. Other topics include:

21 April 2022
Author(s): Mohamed Alansari, Melinda Webber, Sinead Overbye, Renee Tuifagalele and Kiri Edge
Publication type: Research report

The COMPASS project is part of NZCER’s Te Pae Tawhiti Government Grant programme of research. It is also aligned to the broad goals and aspirations of NZCER, in that its overarching purpose is to give effect to Te Tiriti o Waitangi and the notion of Whakatere Tōmua—Wayfinding. The COMPASS project has examined the ways kaiako, ākonga, and whānau navigate educational experiences and contexts.  

19 April 2022
Author(s): Mohamed Alansari, Melinda Webber, Sinead Overbye, Renee Tuifagalele and Kiri Edge
Publication type: Research summary

The COMPASS project is part of NZCER’s Te Pae Tawhiti Government Grant programme of research. It is also aligned to the broad goals and aspirations of NZCER, in that its overarching purpose is to give effect to Te Tiriti o Waitangi and the notion of Whakatere Tōmua—Wayfinding. The COMPASS project has examined the ways kaiako, ākonga, and whānau navigate educational experiences and contexts.  

19 April 2022
Author(s): Jo MacDonald, Nicola Bright, Mohamed Alansari
Publication type: Research report

Sorted in Schools, Te whai hua – kia ora is a financial capability programme for secondary school students in English-medium (EME) and Māori-medium (MME) education settings. The programme is led by Te Ara Ahunga Ora Retirement Commission (formerly the Commission for Financial Capability). The programme aims to equip all young New Zealanders for their financial future. The first resources were piloted in 2018, and schools and kura started to use the Years 9 and 10 resources in 2019 with senior secondary resources for Years 11–13 launched in June 2020.

6 December 2022
Author(s): Esther Smaill, Teresa Maguire
Publication type: Classroom resource

A free te reo Māori resource deck for schools

Developed for the National Monitoring Study of Student Achievement (NMSSA)Aronuitia te reo is a deck of cards designed to prompt professional conversations about improving the teaching and learning of te reo Māori. It is intended to assist teachers and/or schools who are early in their reo Māori learning journeys. 

24 November 2022
Author(s): Rachel Bolstad
Publication type: Research report

Auckland Council’s Sustainable Schools team supported ten Auckland schools to pilot a school carbon footprint calculator between June and November 2021. NZCER carried out research for Auckland Council, to build knowledge about how schools can use a school carbon footprint calculator, and what support, advice, and resources schools need to use it effectively.

Although the pilot period was affected by COVID-19 lockdown, the findings of this pilot suggested that:

14 December 2021
Author(s): NZCER
Publication type: Commentary

NZCER submitted feedback on the Government's Emissions Reduction Plan in November 2021.

7 December 2021

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